Footy coverage has one reader playing spot the ball, and SBS gets a star for showing the Ashes
A model of good behaviour
from J. Draper, Ocean Grove CLARE, without doubt you should have won Australia’s Next Top Model, or at least have been in the final with Tahnee. Throughout the series you showed dignity, poise, maturity and professionalism that belied your age. You won more challenges than anyone and you were selected by more designers than anyone else. How the judges chose Cassi to be in the final escapes me (and my friends). They’ve shown teenage girls that they can throw tantrums, be overly melodramatic and a general pain, win no challenges yet still be placed in the top two. Shame on you, judges.
Seven is out of focus
from Trevor, email CHANNEL 7, the camera work on your football coverage is pathetic. The round 14 clash of St Kilda and Geelong was a prime example: shots of the coaches while the ball is still in play, and changing camera views from all over so we don’t know which way anyone is kicking. They know only two zoom distances— close-in, so we sometimes miss where the ball is, and from too far away. There is no in-between. Worst of all are the constant shots from the roof, so we can’t see anything. The camerawork on the flashback match before this game from 18 years ago was better.
Woes of country football
from Brian Hennessy, Mount Gambier I FEEL sorry for Mimi Maguire (Guide, July 8), but it’s even worse when you live in South Australia. Add another 30 minutes to the 75 minutes. The AFL should put conditions on the TV stations to show games with no more than a 30-minute delay. But then, the AFL is lost in its own world.
SBS is a jolly good sport
from Rosalie, Croydon A BIG thank you to SBS for televising the Ashes at a reasonable time (7.30pm) so those of us who can’t afford Foxtel can watch it on free-to-air. I won’t even mind missing Rex.
Absence makes the ears fonder
from Roman Horoway, Mt Martha DARREN James and Tony Leonard may struggle to maintain the standards set by Ross Stevenson and John Burns when they fill in for a fortnight several times a year on the 3AW breakfast program, but it just makes the listeners appreciate the show more when normal programming resumes.
Bored to the Rafters
from John, Bundoora WE WATCHED Packed to the Rafters and if these two episodes are an indication of the future, we will not be watching any more. The characters have become annoying and the storylines are getting boring and predictable.
Something spooky going on
from Bob Clarke, Moonah (Tas) IF YOU visit the BBC Spooks website you find that the average length of an episode is 58 minutes. If you do as I have done and time the ABC transmissions, you find the maximum time you get for a Spooks episode is 52 minutes. Does the ABC edit out some bits of each episode? If so, why? This may account for some seemingly illogical and confusing jumps in the plotlines. If the ABC cut out those annoying promos and the inane ‘‘It all starts with 1’’ interludes, maybe we could get the full BBC production of Spooks without it being ruined by our national broadcaster. from Barbara, Mt Evelyn TO LAURA of Pakenham (Guide, July 8), Good News Week finishes late only because the previous two programs— MasterChef Australia and Recruits— both run over their allotted times. GNW runs for its allotted time, so blame the other programs for the lateness.
You made my Sunday night
from Jason Anderson, Pakenham WELL done to Channel 9 for programming a Sunday night movie. Even though it was a chick flick ( Music and Lyrics), it was a delight to see the 8.30pm Sunday night movie back. I hope the other networks follow suit instead of the usual crime shows.
Starts late, ends late
Give us a clue, Eddie
from Patricia Woolcock, Viewbank IS IT just me or does Eddie McGuire subtly suggest to Hot Seat contestants, when they have chosen the wrong answer, that they may like to change their choice?